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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    I stumbled across a PDF of Edward Gorey’s The Unstrung Harp. I had forgotten all about Mr. Earbrass, the well-known novelist.Report

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    “Let’s Be Cops” is not a movie I would ever see but I think the articles suggesting that this might not be the best week to release it are kind of trying to hard. The release date was probably decided weeks if not months ago and so where the arrangements with theatres. The current events of this week are well beyond the control of anyone involved.

    My Murakami book should arrive on Tuesday. Yesterday I picked up “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan from the Library”Report

  3. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    I’ve been reading a book on the history of the North American fur trade for weeks now. Slow and tedious but kind of fascinating. I desperately need a few novels to grind through but have nothing in the hopper. All of the spy/thriller series that I read are between releases. Help!Report

    • Avatar Robert Greer says:

      I’m reading something similar: a history of the salt trade and its politics over the millennia. I guess animal pelts were often shipped on the same transports as salt, because salt was needed for preserving the skins properly.

      Does your book talk at all about how the fur trade changed the ecology and even the topography of the American Southwest? I’ve heard that when beavers were absurdly plentiful before the fur trade started in earnest, their dams helped to regulate the flow of water in otherwise-dry regions, thereby enabling a much more abundant array of plant and animal life than exists today.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:
      It’s supposed to be fantastic. And spy/thrilerish is what the Doctor does.Report

  4. Avatar Robert Greer says:

    I’m making my way through “Stuffed and Starved” by Raj Patel, which has blurbs on the back from Naomi Klein and Michael Pollan, and is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from that description. Lots of good detail on the history of different food regimes and regulations and interesting stuff about the enduring influence of colonialism on the world food system, but with weird Marxish prescriptions sprinkled throughout.

    I’m also reading “De Los Altos”, a Spanish-language novel set during the War of the Cristeros in Mexico in the 1920s. But my Spanish isn’t very good, so it’s taking a while for me to get past the beginning where people are just wandering around the desert fighting and hunting deer.

    I’m also thumbing through “Salt: A World History” by Mark Kurlansky, whose “Nonviolence” was wonderful in every respect. “Salt” is a little drier (hey, it’s a desiccant!), but I’m definitely learning a lot from it that I wouldn’t have thought to investigate otherwise, which is one of my favorite qualities in a book.Report

  5. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Out of nowhere, I decided to watch an episode of Better Off Ted, which had me watching the last half of the first season and the whole of the second. Man, I love that show.

    I finished 24, will now move on to the latest season of White Collar.

    Knee deep in Turtledove’s Southern Victory series (second book, first one covering WWI). I like it okay, but it’s really had to follow in audiobook form. So… many… characters.Report

  6. Avatar James K says:

    I’ve started reading Robin Hobb – just finished The Assassin’s Apprentice.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      I’ve read some of the stuff she’s written as Megan Lindholm, but didn’t particularly care for any of it No idea how different her voice is between the two names.Report

      • Avatar Kim says:

        The Gypsy was a surprisingly fun romp. I highly recommend it.
        I don’t particularly care for her Assassins books.

        Some people are surprisingly good at looking like multiple different people as they write. It’s hard to change your fist (some manage this feat — look at Anonymous), but you’d be surprised at how manifoldly different you can be while still being the same human.Report

  7. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I just signed up for HBO Go, which is an embarrassment of riches. My son and I are watching The Wire (first time for him), while I’m watching Silicon Valley. Silly and nothing like my experience of the real place, but funny enough. I also watched the first episode of Entourage, but am not motivated to see any more of it.

    On the big screen, I took my daughter to Guardians of the Galaxy. It was somewhere between a meh and a meh-minus. If they’d kept the 70s pop up through the whole thing instead of falling back on faux John Williams during the (I guess you’d call it a) climax, it might have earned a meh-plus.Report

    • Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

      I saw it on Friday & laughed heartily. I loved the constant stream of 70’s & 80’s references. I will agree with Mike that switching to an orchestral soundtrack at the end was off. I’m pretty sure they could have pulled some 70’s or 80’s rock anthem out & used that just as well (Rush comes to mind, but I know there are other acceptable alternatives).Report

      • Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

        And there ya go!Report

      • Avatar Jim Heffman says:

        Yeah, they seem to be going for this 70s-pop / soft-rock vibe, which…guys, not epic, and I understand the impulse to be something other than a Star Wars ripoff, that stuff is just Muzak to a modern audience.

        And, seriously, you’re pulling music from the 70s and you don’t use “Blitzkrieg Bop” for an action scene even once?Report

  8. Avatar dhex says:

    a friend of mine turned me onto rick & morty, which i wholeheartedly recommend.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      I watched a couple but got sidetracked by Review, which is kinda genius. I’ll get back to Rick and Morty soon.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      Holy cow, I finished Review last night and it is AMAZING. The first couple are funny, but by the third or so, when they start making it clear there are through-lines to the madness (it’s not just a series of sketches), it gets great. If you have Amazon Prime you can stream it free.

      FIVE STARSReport

      • Avatar zic says:

        Thank you @glyph been needing something new to watch.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        This isn’t a spoiler, since they never address it in the show, but Andy Daly (who plays Forrest MacNeil) says that his character’s backstory is that he was a film reviewer who started falling asleep 30 minutes into each film, and so started plagiarizing other reviewers and got caught/fired.

        This is what fuels his compulsion now, to see each of these life experiences that he is reviewing all the way through, to the bitter end.

        A commenter on AVClub said it’s like the trials of Abraham, except with Twitter instead of Yahweh.Report

  9. Avatar Maribou says:

    I’ve gotten deeply hooked on Continuum so that has been what I’m watching this week. Not even reading a whole lot though for me that means no more than 10 books a week :D. I’m in the middle of the deeply odd historical-kinda YA novel Kingdom of Little Wounds at the moment…. it’s exceptionally well written and I’m pretty sure I love it but it’s also kind of hard to read. Lots of bodily functions, many of them not functioning very well. Very literary in style. Appealing characters.Report

  10. Avatar Hoosegow Flask says:

    Burn Notice. It started with reruns coming on while the TV was basically background noise. Then I started watching on Netflix and am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s a nice mix between a problem of the week that gets resolved neatly by the end, and overarching plot line that gets advanced every episode (at least so far).Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      When you’re a blogger, you constantly have to find new subjects to write about. News, politics, music, even TV shows. Keep at it long enough, and the pickings can get pretty thin. But that’s what you signed up for when you first said “I want to blog.”Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      Chris is a huge fan. I enjoy it as well, though it did wear on after a while. And I never did like Jeffrey Donovan (Michael). The supporting cast really carries that show.

      (I’m afraid I don’t quite know what @mike-schilling is getting at.)Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      Greatest scene in television history:


    • Avatar Chris says:

      I got my brother to watch it, and he watched the first few episodes and said, “You love this show?!” Then a couple weeks later he had watched the entire series. It is cheesy as hell, but about as fun as television can be.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        I just watched one, in fact. Fi is trying to help a woman whose son has been kidnapped:

        Fiona: Patricia, I want you to try something. It’s a relaxation exercise I do in situations like this. I want you to close your eyes and breathe deep. Picture a peaceful mountain stream, can you do that? Now picture yourself drowning the kidnapper in the stream. You’re taking a rock from the stream and raising it above your head, and with tremendous force you’re bringing …

        Michael: Fi! Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Marry me, Fiona.Report

      • Avatar James Hanley says:

        Cheesy as hell but fun, yes. It’s my guilty pleasure.

        Michael Weston has to be the least low key spy in the history of the business. I always suspected they burned him because he was a nightmare in real field work.Report

      • Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:


        That, or he was very good, but he’s been burned & he’s all out of sh*ts to give in that regard.Report

      • Avatar morat20 says:

        A friend of mine runs a regular D20 modern campaign. He says the show has provided both campaign material and character ideas. Several players have watched the show, and it…shows.

        Lord knows Mike Westin and Sam Ax infected my character concept, but he was already an unrepentant pyromaniac with a love of specialty ammunition. I added quite a bit of Knowledge(Demolitions) to my character based on the show. And got to use them. 🙂Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        “When you’re a lawful chaotic mage …”Report

  11. Avatar El Muneco says:

    I’m looking at getting into blogging, mostly from the World of Warcraft side, but Mike’s advice above definitely isn’t lost on me…

    That said, does anything else in the pop-culture world matter right now? We’re in the calm-just-before-the-earthquake phase, a moment that stretches to be endless before the cascade.

    Five days. Peter Capaldi.Report